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in the department, whatever their party, which is dedicated to the u.s. and dedicated to defending the country and making good faith judgments. that is an important part of the message we sent to the american public. >> jane harman has always represented a bipartisan approach to homeland security. >> obviously the press is perfect after a plot like that. yesterday was my last day in congress as a senior member of peter king's committee. i spent 17 years, starting in the late 1990's, focused on the threats against our country and what to do about them. first of all, the wilson center is non-partisan, and i want to commend of three secretaries for being bipartisan, the way they have treated their department and building each on the record of the last. continuing the policies of your predecessors, that is admirable. that is something in the wilson center is focusing on, trying to be non-partisan. here is my question. you were talking about homegrown terror and you gave some examples where alert citizens or law enforcement found these people and turn them in before they could harm us. obviously, c
] [inaudible conversations] >>> top officials from the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission told senators today that the damaged nuclear power plant in japan, quote come continues to further stabilize, and that there have been no radiation readings in the u.s. the might be of concern. these remarks came before the meeting of the senate energy and natural resources committee. other speakers included officials from the energy department, the nuclear energy institute and the union of concerned scientists. this is an hour and 45 minutes. >> thank you for being here. this is a briefing. this is not a hearing has such. the reason we try to it as a briefing is so that people wouldn't have to file written testimony 72 hours ahead of time and all of that and things are changing very quickly with regard to the evolving situation that the nuclear power plant. will the committee doesn't have direct oversight on the safety of u.s. nuclear plants we do have to consider how events such as those affect the ability of the nation's nuclear fleet of 104 reactors to supply electricity, this of course the 104 react
is the justification for continued u.s. taxpayer investment? in egypt and elsewhere, successive u.s. administrations failed to move beyond the status quo and prepare for the future. we should not associate the protests in jordan and bahrain events transpire in other places. we have failed to effectively use our resources to help build strong accountable institutions that protect basic human rights. this administration's crier decision to cut support from pro-democracy civil groups in egypt and the only fund groups seceded with the mubarak government is a mistake and it must never repeat. then the mistake of the bush administration and continued and that the country -- under the current administration, to get new business with the libyan regime. john's wife, victoria, my constituent, and others are in the audience today. madam secretary, i have a letter that they have written requesting yours and director miller's help in securing information about the role of gaddafi in the 1980's and 1990. some of us objected to the normalization of relations with the libyan regime. this is proof that the oppressor
as an acting solicitor general in the mid-90s. he argued nine cases before the u.s. supreme court. the most by a solicitor general in more than 20 years. we also have ted olson who is a partner in gibson, done and crunchers from the washington d.c. office a member of the firm's executive committee and cochair of the appellate and constitutional law group. a former solicitor general of the united states, ted is one of the nation's premier appellate and u.s. supreme court advocates and he is argued dozens of cases before the court and i might add that both of them have contributed to north carolina victories in the u.s. supreme court and i thank them for that. the national association of attorney general is fortunate to have dan schweitzer is her supreme court counsel. his principle and very important responsibility to assist state appellate litigators who appear before the united states supreme court and he excels at his job. my thanks to all three of you for your time and for your expertise and i will turn it over to you. >> thank you general cooper. it is a pleasure and honor to be here to
assessment of progress in that country as the u.s. begins to withdraw forces this summer. after that, tim geithner talk about changes to the mortgage finance system. today the house passed a spending measure while cutting $6 billion in spending. we will have that debate later. >> in the 21st century, it is not enough to leave no child behind, we need to help every child get ahead. >> president obama has called on congress to overhaul and no child left behind education law. follow its law from the start in the bush administration, its opponents and detractors, and where it stands on line. that search, watch, clip, and share. it is washington your way. >> the general also talked about the obama administration's drawdown of u.s. trip and afghanistan started this summer. this is chaired by a michigan democrat, levin. >> good morning everybody. i am going to ask them to consider 200 military nominations. first i would ask the committee to consider the nominations. they have been before the committee, these nominations, the required length of time. is there a motion and a second? all say "aye."
public affairs offerings, weekdays live part of the u.s. senate. weekends book tv, 48 hours of the latest nonfiction books. connect with us on twitter, facebook, and youtube and kind up for scheduled alert e-mails. >> general david patraeus said today that he did not think u.s. participation in a no-fly zone over libya would have an impact on assets for fledging -- fighting the war in afghanistan. in remarks at a forum hosted by national journal and the museum general patraeus also reiterated his support for the obama administration's july 2011 date to begin the drawdown of u.s. troops. general patraeus has been and washington to report to the president and congress about the state of the war in afghanistan. his first visit since taking command of the war effort there last summer. this is an hour. >> i want to welcome all of you here. i see that we have all survived st. patrick's day which is very good. probably the first day of the ncaa basketball tournament. my bracket has been shredded. i want to thank the museum for hosting this event and providing the facilities for us here at the na
transportation secretary, ray lahood, and our u.s. trade representative, ambassador ron kirk -- for reaching this proposed agreement. i look forward to consulting with congress and moving forward in a way that strengthens the safety of cross- border trucking, lifts tariffs on billions of dollars of u.s. goods, expands our exports to mexico, and creates job on both sides of the border. we're also deepening our cooperation against the drug cartels that threaten both our peoples. as i've said before, president calderÓn and the mexican people have shown extraordinary courage in the fight for their country. tens of thousands of mexicans -- innocent citizens and dedicated security forces -- have lost their lives. i have reaffirmed to president calderÓn that in this cause, mexico has a full partner with the united states. because whether they live in texas or tijuana, our people have a right to be safe in their communities. so we are continuing to speed up the delivery of equipment and training that our mexican partners need to keep up this fight. as president calderÓn cracks down on money laund
know that the u.s. geological survey estimates that within the next 30 years the probability is 94% that an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude or greater will occur in california 94% chance of that. we know inevitably there will be hurricanes, floods and tornadoes coming and we have recognized that a terrorist attack using a weapon of mass destruction in a large city would certainly strain our capability. today i look forward to hearing from our witnesses how well he quipped the united states is for any catastrophic disaster regardless of the cause. what is the level of our preparedness to protect important energy sources? what are we learning from the nuclear accidents in japan and the gulf coast oil spill in the past year? how well are we prepared for a major earthquake in this country? do we have the communication and medical systems necessary to respond to the explosion of a dirty bomb? more than four years ago, congress enacted the post-katrina emergency management reform act which the chairman and i offered that. that bill was designed to take the heart learned lessons of hurricane
at hand, the gao represently reported that in 2010, the u.s. canadian 4,000-mile border only had 22 miles with an acceptable level of security. nearly $3 million was spent to investigation illegal activity, 6,000 arrests, and 3,000 pounds of illegal drugs seized. the same report the u.s.-mexico border only 873 miles under operational control and 129 miles of that distance, or roughly 15% are classified as controlled. with the remaining 85% as managed, $3 billion was spent to patrol the southwest border in 2010, apprehending, more than 445,000 illegal entries and over 2.4 million pounds of marijuana. today we hope to learn more about current border security effectiveness and what other measures and technologies are needed to help secure our borders and protect those helping to secure them. flir is honored to provide surveillance, chemical, nuclear, and explosive protective twices to -- devices to the department of homeland security and border control. we look forward to hearing what we can do to assist in these endeavors. thank you. >> sorry about my voice this morning. moderators today's
complain about u.s. policy. but he went a step further. he went on to demand the release in the united states of five convicted criminals, five people who were convicted in the united states in a country where we have due process, we have all the rights and all the rights that are provided to a defendant. five people who were convicted ofes upon yadge and one convicted of conspiracy to commit murder. former president carter did, did ask that those convicted in a court of law with all the due process that we have in this country for conspiracy to commit murder, he did ask and demand for their release, but did not ask or demand for the release of hundreds and hundreds of political providers who are rotting in prison while he was there. it's a sad day, mr. speaker. it's a sad day, i think for humanity. i know a lot of people who are listening are not surprised. i recall when the cuban dictator was gravely ill, it was reported that president carter wrote him a nice note hoping he would recover, hoping he would recover and would recover his health. and that now, again, former president cart
that if something like this happens in the u.s. that you'll have the ability, and i understand apparently from some of the testimony, what i've read is apparently you guys are in charge. in terms of implementing, you're the go-to people now? is that accurate in terms of dictating who does what and who's in charge? an ongoing plan that's developing? >> in response to nuclear power plant, the inside of the facility is regulated by nuclear regulatory commission. outside of the plant is actually the local and state responders with fema supporting them. if you have a scenario that resulted in release, the most important thing to occur is successfully evacuate people away from that plant. those the type of things that the exercise plans work on. these are the things that local and state officials train against, and our role of the federal government, to support them we additional resources required in the event of an evacuations had to take place. those are the thing, and i think from a standpoint of your question, if you would like senators to have our staff, reach out with the state and give your staff
life festival here in d.c. where she told stories that are particular to the u.s. virgin islands and authored a book and video on the role of the story teller and preservation of virgin islands culture and contributed to our current edition of the glory days. she made her mark as a woman of substance in the u.s. virgin islands and left a trail for the rest of us to follow. it is in her spirit of determination that i stand here today to speak about the current state of women, not only in the u.s. virgin islands but across our nation. mr. speaker, we are now in a time that has shown great progress for women as i read from our president earlier. but we also find ourselves at a crossroads where there are many areas where our welfare is threatend. some of them were enumerated by my colleague from texas. according to a recent report entitled "women in america," which is published this month, women have outpaced men in educational attainment, earning more college agrees and graduate education but more likely than men to live in poverty. back hispanic females are largely to be more poore
about recent events in japan. he said u.s. officials do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the u.s. the president visited the japanese embassy to sign a condolence book for victims of last week's earthquake and tsunami. >> i will be making a statement later this afternoon. my main purpose for being here is to communicate how heartbroken the american people are over this tragedy. we are doing everything we can to stand by our great friend and ally, japan. our deepest sympathies, or thoughts and prayers are with the families. we feel a great urgency to provide assistance to those who have been displaced from their homes, who are suffering enormously at this moment. as i said on the first day of the tragedy, i am confident that japan will rebuild. it has people who are strong and resilient, who are dedicated to their country, who are brilliant. as difficult as this time is up, i am confident that japan will emerge even stronger than before. >> [unintelligible] >> i am will discuss that this afternoon. >> thank you very much. >> after visiting the japanese embassy in washington
-span tonight, the head of a u.s. nuclear regulatory commission testifies about the release of radiation from the japanese nuclear power plant. later, the house financial services committee questions elizabeth warren about the creation of a new financial regulatory agency. nucleare on at japan's power plant. the head of the nuclear regulatory commission discussed the emergency there, which may have exposed workers to lethal doses of radiation. this is the second part of a hearing on the house energy subcommittee. it is an hour and a half. >> i will call the meeting back to in order. you were called away for a meeting. everybody has given their opening statements. i would recognize you for 5 minutes for your opening statement. >> thank you to you, mr. chairman, you and the other chairman of the subcommittees. and other members of the subcommittee. i am honored to appear before you on behalf of the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission. given the events unfolding overseas, my remarks will focus on the events in japan. i will be happy to answer questions on those matters. i would like to offer my c
taking place there, then briefings that took place earlier today with the u.s. ambassador to libya. and white house press secretary carney announced that president obama will deliver a speech soon on libya and the region. and finally, more from french president sarkozy. but first, today's vote in the canadian house of commons, opposition members toppled prime minister stephen harper 166-145. we'll show you the vote and the comments of the prime minister and opposition leader, it's about an hour and a half. >> you're looking at a live shot on parliament hill. everyone on the inside is not as stately and calm as it is on the inside. they're waiting for a historic nonconfidence vote on an issue of contempt. that will make history. you're watching a special live edition of showdown in parliament. i want to welcome our viewers on the main network in saskatchewan and alberta. welcome to this unfolding story about our country and as we head toward an election, it will all hinge on what you're about to see in the matter of minutes ahead. we're waiting for the speaker of the house, peter mi
, top- secret cables from the u.s. government, what would you do? would you do what keller did? >> each of us has our own star we steer by. we reported on them. we did put them on the air. if they had come to us, i would like to think we would have done what bill did. but we would of been deliberate about it. he most trusts sad revolutionaries and that you have to some whites live in the contradiction in these moments in journalism. -- and you have to sometimes live in the contradictions in these moments in journalism. if you are reluctant to do anything that my even inadvertently compromise a life because you do not know who was being exposed, that is sure beginning. i assume they did everything they could predict then you just have to make your individual decision about how much time you have and what the proportion is. there was a lot of it that was -- you and i know this. i am sure he assumed no one had read his cable. i think that what we learn from them and we would have broadcast from them would have been what we thought eliminated -- eliminated -- illuminated the world. >> bill
on schedule today, and i appreciate very much. the issues are critically important for u.s. national security. our efforts in afghanistan and pakistan, iraq must achieve clear objectives and demonstrate results. at the same time, we are all watching the rapidly unfolding events in the middle east and north africa. we must support efforts for reform in this region, continued investments in democracy promotion and military assistance will be critical to maintaining peace in a very difficult environment. in our own hemisphere, drugs and human drasking are -- trafficking are grave concerns starting through south and central mexico bringing violence to ore backyard. in texas, the violence is spilling across the border. we must take action now. with the issues we're facing around the world, our debt is the greatest threat to our national security. we have to make difficult choices today to protect the most critical funding for the future. while it's not easy, the administration, the congress must work together to make wise decisions to lead this country forward and away from future threats. the sta
.p.a. regs hanging over their head. the regulatory flexibility act. shaded areas indicate u.s. you is session. the 2009 research -- that's the word i can't read, organizations. look at how this is. this is what's happening from regulations. it's going up. on the unemployment scale. the r.e.f. requires the federal agencies to assess the economic impact on small business, we talked about that. to come up with alternatives because unemployment rates are around or above 9% for the past 22 months, it's time that we make these regulations be assessed and seven out of 10 of the new jobs are created by these small businesses. when you hear us talk about the pesticide act, it's very clear, there's the folks that are dealing with it right there. the farmers of america. and it's duplicative. that means they already have a permit that allows them to put out these pesticides and because of this ruling they're having to make -- get another permit at another cost and meet other guidelines for these pesticides. the sixth circuit, we think with this, made a bad ruling and these higher costs to producers and c
recognizing the need for u.s.ized security measures to prevent mass atrocity crimes against women. progress on the agenda accelerated following the appointment last year of a special representative of secretary general on sexual violence in conflict, ms. margot wallstrom. with whom i work closely on this element. an example of our joint work is our engagement with peace keepers in how to protect women from high levels of sexual violence. this predeployment training is a sign to produce tactical readiness in conflict. it is intended to help produce intelligence and generate reliable warnings of security threats against women, and encourage peace keepers to use the full range of actions available to them in defense of communities threatened with sexual violence. it is a powerful example of the paradigm shift to thinking about the protection of civilians that is required when we recognize sexual violence as the tactic of warfare. an indicator of greater alacritity in protecting women in the recent conviction of nine government soldiers, including the commanding lieutenant colonel of mass rapes
. >> the former chairs of the bipartisan 9/11 commission said today the u.s. >>> former 9/11 commission chairman thomas kane and lee hamilton spoke earlier about the threat of homegrown terrorism. they also talk about the need to set aside a broadband spectrum for emergency responders. the senate homeland security committee is chaired by senator joe lieberman of connecticut. this hearing is two hours. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] >> good morning. thank you all for being here. the attacks on america by islamist terrorists on 9/11 took place almost a decade ago, but the memories of that day are still searing. the attacks and did thousands of lives, changed families forever and forced the country into another world wide war. we all remember that morning. i know we will want to the moment we leave earth. the nation watched on television as those extraordinary might be the
the transfer to nato leadership by wednesday. the u.s. will turn over the reins. the coalition has 16 members of the data. we will show you those if you have not seen the list. let's take a call from deidre alabama, a democrat. >> i want to say kudos to president obama. he did what he needed to do. i feel as a democrat that a man with his intellect knows exactly what he is doing. i believe the american people should stand behind him and understand he is doing what he can to keep us safe and other countries save as well. >> what was the most powerful argument the president made tonight for your ears? >> he made so many good, valid points. as far as the no-fly zone, as far as i am concerned, like what happened with 9/11, i do not feel if president obama was president at the time that would have happened. what he is doing is heartfelt. he cares for all of these other countries. he cares for the american people. >> mike is in new haven ohio, an independent there. did the president make the case for you tonight? >> no, he did not. people better wake up. he starts a war, it takes off for brazil, an
] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] >> more now on libya from the u.s. ambassador to the united nations, susan rise. she spoke to reporters for about 20 minutes at the white house before the daily briefing. >> good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. as i mentioned this morning, we have with us today the united states ambassador to the united nations susan rice and was in a meeting with the president and u.n. secretary general and i would like her to speak about that meeting and she'll take questions from you and i'll step aside. thanks. >> thank you very much. good afternoon, everyone. i want to give you a brief readout of the president's meeting with the u.n. secretary general. as you might expect, significant portion of that meeting was devoted to discussing the situation in libya. the u.n. has played a positive and very important role in efforts to end the bloodshed there and hold the gaddafi regime accountable and support the libyan people. in libya, the united nations is demonstrating the indispensible role it can play in advancing our interests and defending ou
and gloom for the u.s. housing market without a government guarantee. they would have us believe that any discussion of a purely private mortgage finance market is completely without merit and return the housing market to its depression status. the administration plan ends this argument once and for all that no one seriousness they believe will ever return to the 1930's so i applaud the the patrician for taking this rhetoric of the table senators a consensus on these issues we need to decide which steps next to take. here i also see a number of areas to agreement between the administration and myself the first is a gradual increase of the guaranty fees. this is an important component of bringing more accurate pricing into the market. but any increase must correspond with an increase and fha premiums in order to not push greater risk over there. so again i look forward to working closely with the treasury and specific legislation we may need to accomplish the goal. the next area of agreement is to the gse is currently the $1.5 trillion the portfolios pose a significant risk to the american
circuit court found that those signs -- the family rather than the whole u.s. society? >> the god hates you and you are going to hell signs were the ones that the fourth circuit said they can avoid that issue because they can simply say this was a -- and protected pursuant to this interpretation under defamation law and its extension >> do you think that the epitaph is relevant as an explanation of some of these arguably ambiguous signs that were displayed at the funeral? for example, you are going to hell, god hates you. if you read the habitat perhaps that sheds light on who you is. >> it can shed light but if you put this in the context of a funeral goer justice alito, which you have, it is a typical funeral. family members driving. >> jow but the signs say you and the argument is made he doesn't mean matthew snyder. it means a larger group, and then you have the -- which is directed directly at matthew snyder. does not show, shed light on what you meant on those sites? >> correct in that is where i was going to go with that justice alito. the epic specifically referenced matthew sny
payments to service its debt, nearly $2 billion more to reduce it. fema still owes $17.75 billion to u.s. taxpayers, many of us asserted fema would be unlikely to repay its debt. do you foresee any scenario in which the debt can be repaid over time? and can you outline a range of public policy options for how congress might enable fema to be able to address its debt to the u.s. treasury? >> we have looked at this issue and the bottom line is, as it currently stands, fema has been able to make principal repayments because they have experienced relatively low flood loss years. that's how they've been able to do it. it's not clear it's reasonable to expect that to continue to occur it in the future in order for fema to be able to make those payments. there's a possibility that in srn years where fema experiences higher than normal flood years that they actually could see their borrowing from treasury go up because they may have to borrow from the treasury in order to make their interest payment. there are a range of scenarios that could be taken to address this. a decision could be made to
, washington and u.s. congress lost their way. those running spent too much money, grew government to be, at unsustainable levels, but american dreams in serious risk, and forgot the most important job in the elected official has -- to listen to the people. with the help of friends and colleagues tonight, we have begun to see new direction in washington under the leadership of house republicans who are fighting for american -- toward discipline and fuss -- and fiscal prosperity. no longer were weak toss our problems back to that next generation. we would do what others do, prepare our budgets, invest in the future. thankfully we are seeing the same dedication of principles of common sense government restored in aisle, and i am proud that the governor, the lieutenant governor, the speaker, and the minority leader working hard in fighting for a better future for all of us. thank you again for inviting me, and please accept my heartfelt thanks. sincerely yours, tom latham. [applause] >> thank you for reading that letter, and i want to also say thank you for the congressman for sending that
to continue outsourcing of u.s. jobs, including by pharmaceutical companies, making medicines and devices everyplace else in the world and moving jobs outside of our country. every day i asked myself, how could we make goods in america again so people can go back to work? there are some who believe that we can fix what is wrong with our economy not by creating jobs in our country but by simply cutting back on public health and safety, as is evidenced in hr-1, the continuing resolution offered by the majority party. cuts inspectors for food safety. i want to turn to questions i have asked in the past regarding tracking what is going on with the manufacturing of heparin, the cost of that through public sector in medicare and medicaid, and go back to march, 2008 when the new york times had an article that said the food and drug administration had linked it to 19 deaths and hundreds of severe allergic reactions, though the agency was continuing to investigate. those deaths and a large degree actions were due to components that and it up in heparin, that ended up getting into it from china. i
. we had forums for chinese cities and mayors in chicago. we recently had u.s. eric mayors conference both in chicago, amman jordan and casablanca morocco. we had conferences for all the south america, central america and mexico canada and the united states. bringing mayors together talking about the same issues how we can work together in best practices. our global forum. we have over 28 sister cities. historically based on immigration. that was historical the wave of germans and swedes and the way eastern europeans and in turn the wave of chinese and mexicans. we had different way so historically sister cities and now we are doing business sister cities and relationship of not just our city but the metropolitan area. the relationship and how important that fits into this whole global vision for chicago in the region which is really important. revisiting china -- i will be visiting china very shortly for an almost two weeks of visiting about six or seven cities. for tourism to come to chicago and for the business community of china to make chicago the area for the center of operation
of legal counsel in the u.s. department of justice. i welcome all of our panelists in thank you a much for coming. let's start off with dan walking in front of us and who is going to make a short opening statement and i would like to remind all of our panelists when you start speaking please hit the button so the mics work and everyone can hear you. >> good afternoon. my only conflict is perhaps i have made everyone at this table mad at one point or another, i don't know. not long after he started covering lobbying at the "washington post" i ran across a fascinating study. focused on a generous tax break that was championed by multinational corporations who lobbied on the hill for it. blasted -- lasted just a year and cost the federal government $100 billion. and so this was a perfect little test tube i guess. there were a group of researchers who found out how much i'll be spent and they have a marketable discovery i thought that for every dollar that the major -- the a major company spent about 800 companies spent on lobbying during the relevant year they gained $220 from the tax bre
stopped buying our debt? what happens to interest rates? what happens to the u.s. economy? in the markets will absolutely devastate us if we do not step up to this problem. the problem is real, the solutions are painful, and we have to act. >> alan, do you want to add to that? >> i would just a -- i know it is repetitive, if you can understand hear what the people of america as we travel around and we do stuff. we go to the business council, we go to the conservative group in dallas, the economic club of new york, and wherever we go, people get it. then we tell them that if they just go to the internet and to go www.fiscalcommision.gov, it is 67 pages. if we leave that out they will never read it. it was not written for patents or politicians or panderers, it was written for the american people. it uses terms like "groing broke" and "shared sacrifice." there has never been any sacrifice required of the american people since world war ii except for our military, and god bless them, and they chose to do it. they are volunteers. so when somebody says, you cannot use that word. well, the amer
in the muslim community at 10:00 eastern. up next on c-span, house republicans and democrats talk about u.s. gas prices. we'll get an update on libya from the defense minister. the wisconsin state assembly approved a measure that eliminates state worker's bonds -- state worker's bargaining rights. what's essential republican presidential contenders have been making stops in primary states. this weekend on c-span's road to the white house, michele bodman at a fund raiser for the republican state committee, sunday at 6:00 27:30 p.m. eastern and pacific. >> house speaker john boehner announced his plan to pick up energy legislation in response to rising gas prices. he was joined by other republican leaders at this news conference. he also took questions on budget talks. this is 20 minutes. >> as gas prices go up, the cost of everyday life goes up. our economy is in a position where it is not creating enough jobs. rising gas prices are hurting the people who need to lead us out of the economic crisis. that is small business. the american people recognize that washington has been a big part of the pr
spending. we also had good gains in the u.s. manufacturing output. my projection is that we will see stronger economic growth. the federal report says rejection speed -- projections. it is higher than projections made in november. despite the improvement in the growth of output, it is only improving slowly. we do see some grounds for optimism. there are declines in the new unemployment claims. the signal wall for unemployment to come down to desired levels -- it has still taken a while for unemployment to come down to desired levels. until we see a sustained job creation, we do not see the recovery as being truly established. the housing sector remains weak. inflation has been declining over all. it weighs 1.2% as of january, down from 2.5% of the year. associated with that is slow wage growth. . there is a range of 1% to 2%. we get similar forecast from private sectors. expectations are to stay low. some of these come from the middle east. aids isn't strong growth and market. i in no way of one to understate the hardstand did understate the hardships. the-i in no way want to underst
of individuals under the u.s. constitution and bill of rights to speak and associate free of government hindrance and be treated fairly without discrimination. we support peter king's right to voice his opinions and no matter how well informed baby. professional and careers like legislation must not intend on first amendment rights, rights to speak freely and associate freely. targeting the american muslim community for an alleged and erroneous connection to demand action -- to domestic terrorism. this is what america sometimes does when faced with crisis and fear. john adams sought and got the alien act. thousands were arrested for anti-war abuse during the world war roman one era. the japanese americans were tossed into internment camps. senator mccarthy met his downfall. he met his downfall when they said "had you know sense of decency -- have you no sense of decency?" focusing on the entire american muslim community to reduce terrorism is bad law enforcement and based on erroneous facts and flawed policies and theories. there is a basic distinction between belief systems and violent or crimin
be concerned about those reports. north korean leaders go to china all the time. >> is the u.s. appointing a resolution to suspend the iranian membership in the u.n. council? >> there was a discussion about iran's abysmal human rights record. i do not know if there is any initiative being put forward at this time. >> the egyptology is an minister of antiquity resign. -- each ethologist -- a prominent minister of antiquity has resigned. is there a fear of getting of egyptian museums? >> i cannot say there has been discussions with egypt on the subject. our approach in the case of egypt in the ongoing efforts that we have had with the international community to preserve assets of egypt, we are taking steps to preserve assets for the people of egypt, for the people of libya, and for others. we think these are cultural assets that belong to the egyptian people they should be -- the egyptian people. they should be protected. i am not aware of the concern for theft of antiquities at this point. >> [inaudible] >> we have diplomats in the courtroom observing the ongoing legal process. i have not g
the bill and stopping tweeting beat wilikeaks by making it a crime for anyone to publish the name of a u.s. intelligence source. this is an hour and a half. >> the hearing will come to order, good afternoon and thanks for your patience, senator collins and i were able to vote early and i'm going to have to step out for about 15 minutes and about a half-hour but i shall return. in just six months and today we will mark the tenth anniversary of the attack of 9/11 and honor the memory of the nearly 3,000 people who were murdered that day in america. our morning mackall for their def have always been compounded by the knowledge that those attacks might have been prevented, certainly that was the implication of the 9/11 commission report had our intelligence and law enforcement agencies shared the disparate facts gathered enabling us to connect the dots. to prevent this from happening again, congress passed several always intended to strengthen information sharing among criminal federal agencies. those acts included the homeland security act, the intelligence reform and terrorism prevention act
have been based on u.s. contracts in those countries. this panelist two hours. >> now that he or allow comfortably seated i'm going to ask you to swear up and we will you win. to by the become thank you for waiting for the first panel.thir raising the right hand you solemnly swearra or affirm the testimony will give before thisl commissionor affirm that the tet when you will give before this commission is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? know for the record all of the witnesses responded in the affirmative. and we're going to start, just go right down the line, mr. gordon, and will ask you to stay within your five minutes. i will kind of let you know if you are coming over a little long. just because we have a lot of panelists. so we thank you for that and we thank you for being here. mr. gordon, you may testify. >> chairman shays, chairman thibault, other members of the commission, i'm honored that you invited me to testify today, the second time i've appeared before this distinguished panel. i've read with great interest the commission second interim report which
found a number of instances from 1970 to 2007 where many of our u.s. competitors successfully reduced their debt to gdp ratio predominantly or entirely by savings through spending cuts and they grew their economy at the same time. canada, our neighbor in canada shrank spending by 12 percentage points. starting in 1994, thaw -- they boosted their economy from less than 1% to a more than 9.4% average in three years. sweden's economy was shrinking, but after reducing spending by 11 percentage point of gdp, the negative growth economy revived to an average of 3.5% annually. new zealand did the same, but they are not alone, and that's the point of the study. economists found 26 episodes in nine developed economies where reducing debt through spending cuts provide a large boost to economic growth in the first three years after this reduction began, and perhaps the most important finding is this, while most economists agree that reducing federal spending reduces economic growth in the long term, what this study found is reducing federal spending through spending cuts boosts the economy in th
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. no matter the appetite, a mayor has to be involved in the public schools. i am proud that the u.s. congress of mayors came out strong on a policy. michelle will talk about it later. it is the third time we have done it. the first time we supported president obama's agenda -- raced to the top. then we supported common core standards. we think that is important especially if you want to compete internationally. the last one we did this week was called "last in, first out." it was a significant policy that is not good for children. it is seniority-based laos. you lay off teachers based on seniority. that is not in the best interest of kids. if you are talking about teachers who had been there forever who may not be doing well. the quality of work is not considered. because they are the last in, they are the first out. that is not putting a child's interest ahead of adults. that is a common theme you hear us talking about. anybody who cares about reform will say students first, the kids first. mayors have a responsibility to play an active role. at the end of the day, you can lay out things tha
will bring a couple of congressional hearings on u.s. preparedness through a natural disaster. the director of the now a hearing on airport security and body imaging technology. the house oversight subcommittee on national security examines security, health and privacy concerns with body imaging technology in airports. we will hear from scientists consider security researchers and tsa officials at the hearing that runs just under four hours. some of the committee will come to order. thank everybody for being here as we tackle this important subject. i would like to begin by stating the oversight commission statement. we exist to secure from the middle principles first americans have the right to know the money washington takes from them is well spent and second, americans deserve an efficient government that works for them and in the oversight government reform committee is to protect these rights. our solemn response of these to hold the government accountable to the taxpayers because they have a right to know what they get from their government. we will work tirelessly in partnership with
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tomorrow. .. with u.s. comptroller general jean dodaro. it pinpointed 34 areas from defense and job training to social services and safety for federal agencies have redundant programs. this is two hours and ten minutes. >> good morning. the committee meeting will come to order. >> as is the new tradition of this committee, we will begin by reading the oversight mission statement. we exist to secure to fundamental principles. first, americans have a right to know their money washington spends and takes is well spent and second, americans deserve an efficient, effective government that works for them. our duty on the oversight and government reform committee is to protect these rights. our solemn responsibility is to hold government accountable to tax payers because taxpayers have a right to know what they get from their government. we will work tigers tirelessly with citizen watchdogs to deliver the facts to the american people and bring genuine reform to the federal bureaucracy. this is the mission of the oversight and government reform committee to read today's hearing is the secon
pressures bringing about those changes. the u.s. government debt is the dominant issue of the time. i know the last campaign was all about the economy but with the growth of the tea party and other groups we are seeing a new focus on the debt recalibrating by both parties. again, the debt will be equal to 100% of gdp by 2020 under the current wave of we are going. 20% by 2013 unless major changes are made. states we don't talk about this there is a brief trading dog showed you at the same time we have the state's many of them in big trouble right now. illinois, california and some others coming to gifts with the issues as well. one of the things federal government has done is they have faced financial pressures as the of passed mandates on down to the states, unfunded mandates and the state, the health care bill, i know in my own state of virginia another bill, $2 billion a year just looked over in the mandate set down by the federal government putting added pressure on the states along with their pensions and other items they are trying to cope with. that has been manifested in some ways
all members have a chance to ask the secretary questions. the honorable arne duncan the current u.s. secretary of honee current secretary of education. prior, he served as chief executive officer of the chicago public schools from june, 2001, to december, 2008, becoming the longest serving big city education superintendent in the country. congratulations to you, sir. as ceo mr. duncan was widely credited for pursuing an aggressive agenda that included opening more than a hundred new schools, expanding after school and learning programs, and closing down under performing schools. and it goes on and on but i think every member of the committee knows this. let me just say, mr. secretary, you are now recognized and welcomed again. >> thank you so much for this opportunity to come before you again and talk about president obama's education agenda. last week i spoke before the senate budget committee and emphasized our administration's dual commitments to reduce spending and are more efficient while investing in education to secure our future. these investments spanned every grade from e
reached 2.97 trillion u.s. dollars, and the openness of the economy increased rapidly. china's international prestige and influence grew significantly. we played an important and constructive role in international affairs. in fact, we safeguard the the national sovereignty, security, and development interests, and we made major progress in our all around diplomacy. we hosted bay of pigs and beijing technology expo. the chinese nation has cherished this for a century. [applause] these brilliant achievements clearly show the advantaging of socialism of chinese culture, the good power of reform, and opening up. it quickly increased the confidence and pride of our people of all ethnic groups, strengthed the capacity of the chinese nation, and we site to forge hands on our historic. [applause] the following are our main accomplishments of the past five years. first, the strengthening and improving macrocontrol and spurring study and rapid economic development. we'll pay close attention to the orientation, focus, and strength of macrocontrol and fund initiatives on economic work. i
a u.s. district judge in chicago since early, 2006 and before that she was spent over ten years as the senior positions in the u.s. attorney's office in the northern district. how word mince has covered court in california in the bay area. for over 14 years in the san jose mercury and kelly sager is a california media law attorney who has represented all types of media and all types of questions involving the media and the law. copyright, privacy and everything in between. so, our session today, new media is it changing the coverage and conduct a trial court proceedings, is i might suggest missing a word, the first word should be how is it changing because it certainly is changing both of those things and we are going to treat those topics which are related but nevertheless distinct and two segments. first we will take a look at how the reporting information about courts and the reason using that quit abruptly is being done and affected by the new forms of communication and will go to about 9:40 on that subject and if you want -- the audience wants to ask questions will be fine.
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